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Credit Lock v.s. Freeze. Don’t Get Fooled.

Dear Alicia,  I have been following your newsletter telling me that credit freezes will now be free. The other day I was watching television and saw an advertisement for Experian’s Credit Lock Services. Should I sign up for that instead of the freeze? It sounds exactly the same to me. Thanks, Credit Craig Dear Craig, Great question! A credit freeze and a credit lock are two separate services. They are very similar but do have distinct differences. Credit Lock: InstantRead More

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Can’t get yourself FIREd? You can still have a LIFE.

FIRE stands for financially independent, retire early. The movement continues to grow, with retirees in their 20’s through 40’s. It has caught on because it is unexpected – we don’t picture retirees being so young. Yet it is entirely possible and there is an ever-growing number of blogs and books that prove it. The typical profile of someone who has achieved FIRE: Graduated from college with very little or no student loan debt Earned $100,000+ per year with benefits SavedRead More

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6 Estate Planning Mistakes to Fix Now

When estate planning is done wrong, it can create havoc on heirs after a family member passes. Estate Planning is not a fun topic to discuss, but it is an essential part of financial planning. The only way to keep your plan in good condition is to review it regularly yourself and every five years by an attorney. Brianna Bocian, the owner of and estate planning attorney at the Law Offices of Brianna Bocian in San Diego is helping usRead More

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Ask Linda: I moved to consulting status – now what?

Dear Linda, I recently transitioned from being a salaried employee to a self-employed consultant. I like the flexibility but realize that I have more responsibility with regards to my finances. For example, I was previously enrolled in my employer’s 401k plan and now I am not sure how to save for retirement. I am also confused about taxes – my employer withheld money from each paycheck but no taxes are being withheld when clients pay me. And people keep sayingRead More

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How to Recognize a Ponzi Scheme

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment. The organizers of the scheme do not invest your money in something with intrinsic value. Instead, they pay you a “return” with the contributions of new investors. Ponzi schemes received their name in the 1920’s after Charles Ponzi was convicted of running this type of business. Despite all the knowledge we have of previous Ponzi schemes, they continue to defraud people from all walks of life. We are even seeing a new waveRead More

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Credit & Debit Cards to Use Abroad

Are you traveling abroad this summer and unsure which of your “plastic” you should bring with you? Travel is already a luxury but it can get even more expensive when each purchase is racking up additional fees. Recently I went to Asia and did some research of my own. Hopefully, this will help you decide which of your cards you should bring, what fees you should know about, and when to use a debit card versus a credit card. CreditRead More

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